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Australians: 1 (Australians / Thomas Keneally) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Keneally
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Book Description

In this widely acclaimed volume, bestselling author Thomas Keneally brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story.
Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and soldiers, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekers, it is from their lives and their stories that he has woven a vibrant history to do full justice to the rich and colourful nature of our unique national character.
The story begins by looking at European occupation through Aboriginal eyes as we move between the city slums and rural hovels of eighteenth century Britain and the shores of Port Jackson. We spend time on the low-roofed convict decks of transports, and we see the bewilderment of the Eora people as they see the first ships of turaga, or 'ghost people'. We follow the daily round of Bennelong and his wife Barangaroo, and the tribulations of warrior Windradyne. Convicts like Solomon Wiseman and John Wilson find their feet and even fortune, while Henry Parkes' arrival as a penniless immigrant gives few clues to the national statesman he was to become. We follow the treks of the Chinese diggers - the Celestials - to the goldfields, and revolutionaries like Italian Raffaello Carboni and black American John Joseph bring us the drama of the Eureka uprising.
Were the first European mothers whores or matriarchs? How did this often cruel and brutal penal experiment lead to a coherent civil society? Tom Keneally brings to life the high and the low, the convict and the free of early Australian society.
This is truly a new history of Australia, by an author of outstanding literary skill and experience, and whose own humanity permeates every page.


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"Thomas Keneally demonstrates his mastery of narrative historical writing... Australians proceeds briskly, teems with colourful characters and is delivered in sparkling style." --The Daily Express

"Keneally is undeniably skilful. His style is clean and swift and never impedes the narrative flow of the text. He uses all his novelistic flair to flesh out even brief scenes in a vivid way." --The Irish Examiner

About the Author

Thomas Keneally is a novelist, playwright, and nonfiction author who is best-known for the Booker Prize-winning novel "Schindler's Ark," which was adapted into the movie "Schindler's List." His other titles include the Penguin Lives biography "Abraham Lincoln," " American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles," and "A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2800 KB
  • Print Length: 672 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1742374506
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (26 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U2SL7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive history of white australia. 10 Jun. 2013
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Very informative and enjoyable read. The British Establishment does not come out of this very well, incompetence and indifference seem to have been their only strong points. IAfter reading this I am left wondering how Australia has survived and developed to its present advanced stage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Jan. 2014
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The subject had been very well researched. The short portraits of people's lives gave real insight to transportation and the hardships of ordinary people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 12 Jan. 2014
By Bryan
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this book answered a lot of my questions regarding Australian history and I can't wait to follow up what I have learned.
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